Thursday, 22 December 2011


Forgive me a bit of advertising for some friends who run 'FUKUSHIMA PROJECT' an investigation into what went on at Fukushima Daiichi  on March 11th 2011 FUKUSHIMA PROJECT Website below is a segment but please click on the link.

Objectives and Summary

With regard to the accident which occurred in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, this enormous problem was not only limited to the scopes of technology and management involved, but also to the undermining of the fundamental government's safety and security policies. There will be nothing more valuable for the future than the lessons that we can learn through awareness and analysis of this catastrophe (and in addition to altering the future strategy for Technology Management and the Nation). From this kind of awareness, we can guess that TEPCO and the Government involved had control over the content in the investigation reports that were released to the media. Additionally, most well-informed people will probably look at this and publish their own works based on the controversy that lies within. As for the first part of this work, it will simply talk about the fact that we cannot deny the possibility that it simply just reflects the intentions of the main people who are behind the scenes pulling the strings (being those who possess the largest financial interests therein). The content of the latter part, being based on market principles, will talk about the level of absurdity and irresponsibility of those people who are trying to run away from the problem at hand. Based on these circumstances, our objectives, of this book which we will publish, are to use all efforts to investigate, analyze and think about how these outsiders (who were affected) must be feeling and then take the lessons learned and then let them be known to the future generations through one suggestion which will be presented in depth.

Outline of this Publication

  • An appeal will be made for contributions and then this capital will be used to organize and publish a report. We will call this book the “Fukushima Project”, In order to promote this book we will organize a committee. The planning and editing for this book will be handled by the editing department in the organization that exists under the committee. The profitable information gathered from the report will be edited and compiled into a book by this editing department. The committee will personally entrust appropriate individuals and companies with the responsibility of determining what information is relevant and appropriate for publishing.
  • In the case that someone who donates money does not want personal information such as their name displayed in the back of the book it will be removed as desired.
  • We, the Fukushima Committee, are going to conduct this research free of charge and in doing so renounce all royalties made from sales of this book.
  • Contributions will be used to pay expenses related to research and investigation, as well as, printing costs and other associated costs necessary to complete this project. To be more specific, one example of the previously mentioned associated costs will be incurred in setting up a web page to provide information related to our findings to the public.
  • If we receive more than the desired amount, then the remainder will be donated to the victims affected through an appropriate organization (such as Red Cross).
  • If the amount of contributions received is less than the amount, in the event that it leads to difficulties in the publication of this work, the publication will be produced as an electronic version or through some other means in order to inform the public of our findings.
  • There will be 2 versions for this publication: a book and a digest version. The digest will not require a copyright fee and will provide a free electronic copy at the viewers request. Electronic copies will also be provided for free at viewers request. We will also provide translations of the book for free upon request.
  • This book will be released into the market as well as a regular subscription which will also be provided at the lowest price possible.
  • The sales incurred from the book and the detailed report will be used to first pay for commissions, public relations, post-survey activities, etc. and then the remaining amount will be donated to the victims affected through an appropriate organization (such as Red Cross).

Method of Investigation and Surveying

  • The committee which organized the "Fukushima Project", which consists of well-informed individuals from all over the world including Japan (being individuals with no conflict of interest in relation to this incident), will be in charge of the survey and analysis of this incident.
  • The costs associated with the collecting information and materials collection activities, the holding of committee meetings, etc. and other required fees from operating costs will be covered through the collected donations previously mentioned above.

Assembly Plan

(October 25, 2011)
Chapter 1 - Covers events which took place between March 11, 2011 and May 15, 2011.
1.1 How did the TEPCO Power Plant Accident occur?
1.2 How did the first reactor reach an uncontrollable state?
1.3 How did the second and third reactors reach an uncontrollable state?
1.4 March 15 - A Sudden Change
1.5 What are obvious measures that need to be taken?
Chapter 2 - An account of the events which took place up until March 11, 2011.
2.1 A country's safety system which cannot prevent accidents from happening.
2.2 Everything about this was foreseeable.
2.3 The ambiguity of where fault lies within a Privatized System of National Policy.
Chapter 3 - An account of the events which took place onward from May 15, 2011.
3.1 An overview of what measures have been taken to deal with the accident thus far.
3.2 Verification of accident prevention countermeasures.
3.3 Problems that currently exist within TEPCO, NISA and Government Correspondence.
3.4 Victim Compensation Scheme
3.5 What has Journalism covered? What has it not covered?
Chapter 4 - Potential severity of damages incurred due to radiation
Chapter 5 - Taking into consideration financial damage caused by harmful rumors or misinformation.
5.1 The seriousness of rumors.
5.2 How each medium of media gathers and processes information.
5.3 "Trial" as a means of doing something
5.4 Trial for function and verification.
5.5 Another device for bringing things to light
5.6 General remarks regarding
"Language Barriers"
"Wall of Shame" brought about by "Suspicious News Reports"
"The Influence Social Media Holds-A Foreign Journalist's Experience"
Chapter 6 - How Europe saw Fukushima on 3.11.
6.1 How England saw Fukushima on 3.11
6.2 How France saw Fukushima on 3.11
6.3 How Germany saw Fukushima on 3.11
Chapter 7 - What Japan's Atomic Energy Policy had been pursuing.
7.1 Policy with a goal to realize Fast Breeder Reactors in over half a century.
7.2 The potential nuclear weapons possess.
7.3 Clinging to self-sustaining energy
"Enrichment, Reprocess, Proliferation (Fast Breeding)"
"The battle concerning reprocessing and the fluctuation in government policy"
"How Korea and Taiwan deal with the disposal of used up nuclear fuel"
Chapter 8 - What the power plant has brought about to the region.
8.1 Colonial Four Layer Structure
8.2 Atomic Power has brought about increased employment and wealth.
8.3 Dependence upon power plants - Without power plants our economy would cease to exist as we know it.
8.4 Primary location--In recent years, power plant internal expansion has become mainstream
8.5 Future sites for power plants after "3.11"
Chapter 9 - The costs incurred with nuclear power plants and the financial costs of the electricity they produce.
9.1 The actual cost performance of power plants
9.2 The costs involved with nuclear power plants
9.3 Financial costs of electricity-Overall cost formula
Chapter 10 - Power plant modernization henceforth
10.1 Power plant modernization moving from developed nations to developing nations
10.2 Arguments and opinions regarding Safety and Security
10.3 Views on the modernization of new technology and new products.
Chapter 11 - Henceforth
11.1 Population shrinkage in Japan and the supply and demand of energy
11.2 Global Warming due to carbon dioxide
11.3 The irrationality behind the "Fast Breeder Reactors-Reprocessing" plan.
11.4 Can Japan, a country prone to earthquakes, really afford to rely on power plants?
11.5 Separation of electrical power production from power distribution and transmission / Smart Grids / Energy storage.
11.6 Arguments on protecting industries
11.7 Possibilities and limitations of renewable energy sources
11.8 Japanese social norms and the Fukushima power plant accident
A-1 Atomic Energy
A-2 Mechanisms for electricity produced from atomic energy
A-3 Boiling Water Reactory
A-4 Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel
A-5 Fast Breeder Reactors
A-6 Pluthermal (Plutonium-Phermal)
A-7 Unprecedented Accidents of the Past

Current Schefule

・March 2011
: Project begins.
・April 2011
: Committee is organized and information collection begins.
・August 2011
: Set up Home Page and begin to gather contribution funds to write, edit, publish etc.
・November 2011
: (Current Plan) - Put the book into the market for sale as well as a Digest.

Fukushima Project Committee

Chief Founder
Hiroyuki Mizuno (Vice President at Osaka Electro-Communications University and the former Vice President of Panasonic)
Committee Chairman
Eiichi Yamaguchi (Professor of Doshisha University, Deputy Director of ITEC)
Editing Department Manager
Nishimura Yoshio (A Visiting Professor of Politics in the Graduate Program at Waseda University)
Committee Member
Hiroyuki Kawai (Lawyer, Co-Partner at Sakura Kyodo Law Offices)
Committee Member
Shunji Iio (Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology
Committee Member
Tomohiro Nakamori (Nikkei BP Consulting Chief Strategist)
Committee Member
Morinosuke Kawaguchi (Arthur D. Little (Japan), Associate Director)
Committee Member
Koujirou Honda (Doshisha University ITEC Research Assistant)